For Immediate Release

1 December 2011

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – December 1, 2011 – On Saturday, December 3 at 11:00 a.m., the Most Reverend William Murphy, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre will ordain Deacon John Sureau, who has been in formation at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington.  This Mass of Ordination will be held at Saint Agnes Cathedral and will be broadcast live on Telecare, the diocesan television station (Cablevision, Channel 29/Verizon FiOS 296).

Deacon John Sureau with Bishop William Murphy



Deacon John Sureau with Bishop William Murphy.

Mass of Ordination
Saturday, December 3, 2011
11:00 a.m.
Saint Agnes Cathedral
29 Quealy Place
Rockville Centre, NY 11571

Deacon John Sureau, 36.

Home parish: Our Lady of Lourdes, West Islip
Pastoral year:  Saint Anne parish, Brentwood; Saint Anne parish, Garden City



Born in West Islip, Deacon Sureau graduated from Saint John the Baptist Diocesan High School, West Islip in 1993.  The next decade he spent continuing his education while working as a campus minister, teacher, social worker and liturgy coordinator.  While a student at Saint Joseph’s College, he originated the position of campus minister at Saint John the Baptist where he was for 13 years.  He then earned his education degree from Saint Joseph’s and became a teacher at Saint John the Baptist High School  While at Saint John the Baptist HS, Deacon Sureau earned a master’s degree in social work.  Deacon Sureau also volunteered at Hope House Ministries in Port Jefferson and Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, West Islip.  Deacon Sureau then entered the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in 2009.  Deacon Sureau spent the summer of 2010 ministering at Saint Anne’s parish in Brentwood and this June was assigned to Saint Anne’s parish in Garden City after being ordained a deacon.  Recently, he completed his doctorate in education at Fordham University.

As he looks forward to his ordination, Deacon Sureau said, “Everything is richer now and deeper.  I feel a great peace about it.”  Deacon Sureau said he has not given much thought to where he will be assigned after ordination,”but wherever I am assigned, I will plug in and learn from the community.  Wherever God leads me, I hope to be a great priest.”



About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre ( was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  The diocese serves approximately 1,737,498 baptized Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million).  There are 134 parishes (1 campus parish) in 115 towns.  In 2010, 16,318 baptisms, 16,296 confirmations, 17,123 First Holy Communions and 4,773 marriages took place in the diocese.  There are 19,261 students in Catholic elementary schools; 12,595 students in Catholic high schools and 3,500 in higher institutions.  There are 55 Catholic elementary schools (51 parish or regional and 4 private), 10 high schools (3 diocesan, 2 parish and 5 private) and one Catholic college in the diocese.  Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of six hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice.  In 2010, Catholic Charities assisted more than 53,500 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.  (09/11).

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